2024 Availability

The Adventure of a Lifetime

In 2024, crews will be learning valuable lessons in character, teamwork and leadership all while looking out from iconic peaks such as Baldy Mountain and the Tooth of Time. Since its first camping season in 1939, Philmont has played a key role in shaping the lives of more than one million Scouts throughout the United States and across the world.

The following information is for units interested in trekking at Philmont in 2024. To view available slots corresponding to your crew’s desired dates, click here.

Essential Trek Questions

Please direct any further questions to our registration team at philmont.camping@scouting.org or call us at (575) 376-2281.

We still have a few available slots for 2024. Enter using our registration portal here and submit your unit’s information. 

More trip-planning information is available here.

Traditional Treks  Philmont offers 12, 9 or 7-day backpacking treks throughout the southern Rockies in New Mexico’s Sangre De Cristo Mountains. Distances range from 50 to 100+ miles with a variety of unique program opportunities. Each itinerary is designed to challenge participants in new ways and put their previous Scouting experiences to the test.

Cavalcade  Philmont Cavalcades are similar to regular expeditions except that, instead of hiking, crews ride horses through the rugged mountain wilderness like the famous trappers who first explored the West. 

Eight-day Cavalcades with 10 to 15 people per crew are offered on specific dates each summer. The final day of the Cavalcade is spent in competition at an equestrian gymkhana.

Due to the popularity of the Cavalcade program and the limited number of horses, a lottery will be held for crews that have expressed a desire to participate in summer Cavalcades. A group may not participate in consecutive years. 

Registration for the lottery is done online at the same time as 12 ,9, and 7-day treks. You can enter dates for different trek types but can only be awarded one type of trek. 

While most crews will opt for a 12-day trekking to experience as much of Philmont a possible, we recognize the time commitment needs of different crews and individuals. If you can’t commit for a full 12-days, we would still love for you to have a Philmont experience!

7 and 9-day treks start and end the same as 12-day treks with exciting opening and closing campfire ceremonies. However, participants on 7 and 9-day treks spend less time in the backcountry. 

Philmont crews are comprised of 8-12 people and can be from the same troop or multiple. Youth must be at least 14 years of age or 13 and have completed 8th grade by the time their trek begins. Every crew needs at least 2 adult advisors. Everyone must be a registered member of the BSA.

We typically recommend crews begin preparing about a year in advance for their adventure.

  • $150 deposit per individual must be paid online. Minimum crew sizes apply.
  • Advance payment (1/2 of remaining fees) per individual is due October 1, the year prior to trek.
  • Final payment (final 1/2 of fees) per individual is due March 1 of the year of trek. 

Not able to assemble a crew? No problem! Philmont also offers a number of individual trek opportunities for interests such as conservation, horsemanship and extra rugged trekking opportunities. To learn more click here. 

Be sure to call 575-376-2281 to speak with one of our staff members! They can happily assist you with reservations and answer any outstanding questions.  


Our staff have been training hard in preparation for the summer season! Take a look at our May training highlights and follow along with the Ranch’s story this summer by viewing our social channels below! 

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View the chart below for available crew slots in 2023 & 2024. These slots provide an opportunity for crews to register less than the typical 18 months before their trek, with the understanding that they must operate on an accelerated schedule to be fully prepared.